MEI Installs K4 Publishing System at Harvard Business Review

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[prMac.com] Jenkintown, PA - Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe premier development partner and a leading provider of software solutions for the publishing industry, today announced that Harvard Business Review has installed the vjoon K4(TM) Publishing System. The influential business magazine will use K4, the leading solution integrating Adobe(R) InDesign(R) and InCopy(R), to manage its design and editorial workflow.

Harvard Business Review's K4 setup includes 22 seats, along with the K4 Web Editor and XML Exporter add-ons to enhance its functionality. The magazine's staff used QuarkXPress before switching to InDesign 18 months ago and recently decided to upgrade its workflow to a more robust database solution.

Along with MEI's service team for installation and system administrator training, K4 integrator Technology for Publishing played a key part in bringing the implementation to fruition. TFP's roles included providing Harvard Business Review's staff with InDesign, InCopy and K4 training, helping develop a new production workflow and configuring the system to meet the site's exact needs.

"Harvard Business Review is a highly respected publication with demanding requirements to maintain their level of quality," said Technology for Publishing President Margot Knorr Mancini. "K4's flexibility is allowing them to approach a new workflow from a number of angles to make sure they can get it right."

Harvard Business Review is published monthly by Harvard Business Publishing. Recognized for its influence on management thinking and business, the magazine has a global circulation of 245,000 business executives and other opinion leaders.

Harvard Business Review's installation also includes the K4 XML Exporter for managing content to publish online. TFP is working on approaches to utilize XML Exporter to streamline multiple print-to-Web processes. Additionally, HBR editorial staff will be using K4 Web Editor, which allows check-out, check-in, writing and editing of K4-managed InCopy articles via any Web browser and an Internet connection. Its intuitive interface provides remote access to the database and accurate representations of K4 articles, complete with styling, font mapping, layout geometry and page previews.

"Like so many other K4 sites, Harvard Business Review has recognized the benefits of implementing industry-leading software and a smarter, more efficient workflow," said Dennis McGuire, CEO and president of MEI.

About K4
The vjoon K4 Publishing System, integrated with Adobe InDesign and InCopy, allows publishing professionals to manage design and editorial workflow and to control the entire production process. With its multi-level security controls, open SQL architecture and robust customization options, K4 supports a transparent and secure production workflow for individual workgroups or entire publishing enterprises. K4 is a product of vjoon GmbH (formerly SoftCare) of Hamburg, Germany. With more than 300 systems installed in publishing houses, agencies and magazines worldwide, K4 has already revolutionized the editorial workflow for more than 16,000 users. MEI is the exclusive distributor of K4 in the Americas, with 140 installations managing nearly 9,000 users.

About Technology for Publishing
Technology for Publishing has been providing process and technical consulting to publishers in the magazine, book, newspaper and corporate arenas for almost 20 years. With a notable list of long-standing clientele, Technology for Publishing is a recognized leader in helping companies transform their content publishing strategies, processes and systems from traditional, resource-heavy, paper-based models to fluid, automated content flows. Visit the company's Web site for more information.

Managing Editor Inc. is an industry leader in the development of quality, proven software solutions for the evolving publishing industry. The Page Director Series of Advertising and Classified Layout Systems, K4 Publishing System, Integrated Production Suite (IPS) and IPS AdTrac deliver automated pagination, workflow and digital asset management solutions to newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as to other print and electronic publishing markets. MEI is an Adobe premier development partner and has twice been named a laureate of the Computerworld Smithsonian Collections. Additional information regarding MEI's products and services can be found on the company's Web site.

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